I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.
I like spending time on Facebook mostly coz of the interesting updates from the pages and personalities that I’ve liked.
And I absolutely detest it when Facebook tries to play God with the posts and updates on my wall and all.
Please lah, Facebook, if I like the page, it is me telling you I am interested to receive all the updates from that page.
It is not me telling you to SOMETIMES shove that page’s updates to my wall.
You mean you didn’t know that even if you’ve liked a certain page, Facebook doesn’t necessarily show you all the updates from that page?
Yes, from the page owner’s point of view, even if your page has 10,000 likes, it doesn’t mean that all 10,000 of your page’s followers will see your updates. In fact, the THE LATEST STATISTICS are reporting that the organic reach of a Facebook page’s post is only about 6%!!!
That means it’s entirely possible that only 600 out of the 10,000 people who have liked the page will have an update appear on their timeline.
That’s why some page owners are doing everything they can to get their followers to like their posts and to leave comments and share… The higher the level of interaction, the higher the likelihood Facebook will push that page’s updates to your wall.
Anyway, I recently came across some fairly interesting articles on liking and not liking stuff on Facebook. Since it’s weekend and I hold dearly to the belief that everyone can do with a bit more reading, I wanna recommend that you read these three articles.
By now some of you may be curious as to why the heck I’m even blogging about Facebook…
You see, I’ve noticed that quite many people actually ain’t familiar with the various features of Facebook despite being heavy users. And many appear to have absolutely no idea the kind of trail they’re leaving on Facebook.
While it’s really no business of mine what nuggets or bread crumbs people leave in their trail, it annoys me to see my timeline flooded with stuff that so-and-so have just liked whatever pages instead of ‘real’ updates.
Contrary to what the people at Facebook think, not everyone is interested to know what pages their friends have just liked, especially when those friends are on some high-speed rampage of liking pages after pages.
Did you know you can adjust your settings to prescribe only certain lists of peeps (like Friends, Friends except Acquaintances or whatever lists you may have created) can see what pages you’ve liked?
Haha, the other way to look at it is that you can now freely like pages without wondering if it’s potentially embarrassing.
Firstly, this is best done on your computer since the the official Facebook app on mobile devices doesn’t have the full desktop features.
But if you don’t have access to a computer, but absolutely gotta fix this right now, you can also do download the Desktop Facebook app. Just search for ‘Facebook desktop‘ in Apps Store.
I use this one.
Go to your profile page, click on MORE, and then click on LIKES.
A page showing pages you’ve liked will appear. Clock on the EDIT icon (with the pen symbol) at the top right corner, and click on EDIT PRIVACY.
This is how mine looks. Hee, I’ve set all to ‘Only Me‘, so only I can see what pages I’ve liked.
Just go through each category of pages and adjust the settings to your preference.
One more thing… sometimes when I open up Facebook, I find myself bombarded with never-ending updates of XX and YY are now friends…
Makes me wonder if these people know how they’ve been flooding their friends’ walls. And whether they’re really OK with the whole world knowing with whom they’ve just made friends on Facebook.
I kindda suspect at least half of them have no idea all these new friends updates are appearing on their friends’ walls, and I’d bet half of this half don’t know how to adjust their settings to NOT show these things.
If you’re one of these peeps I’m talking about, click HERE to find out how to not leave your ‘friendly’ trail all over Facebook.
While we’re at it, you can read THIS to learn a bit more about all the other privacy control and settings on Facebook.
And ya, you can buy me a beer now.